How to Sew Expensive Looking Professional Lined Drapes in a Day

Measure, Cut and Get Started

Sew the Bottom Hem on lined drapes
Jennifer Thoden

Step 1:  Install your curtain rods. Install these first and hang the rings you're going to use.

Step 2: Measure from the bottom of the curtain ring to the floor. Subtract 1/4". This is your finished length.

Step 3: You will use the full width of your fabric for the width of your panel.

Step 4: Cut your fabric and lining.
Cut fabric width = full width of fabric (trim off the selvage if the fabric doesn't lay smooth and flat)
Cut fabric length = finished length + 10" (bottom hem) + 14" (heading)
Cut lining width = fabric width - 3"
Cut lining length = finished length + 4" (bottom hem) + 2"

Step 5: Sew the bottom hems. Fold the bottom edge of the fabric up 5" and press. Fold up another 5" and press. Pin. Sew with a ​blind hem stitch. You can also sew the hem in place with a straight stitch.

Hem the Lining

Hem the Lining
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Fold the bottom edge of the lining up 2" and press. Fold up another 2" and press. Pin. Sew with a blind hem stitch. You can also sew the hem in place with a straight stitch.

Sew the Lining and Fabric Together

Sew the lining and fabric together
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Step 6: Sew the lining and fabric together. Lay the fabric right side up. Lay the lining right side down so that the bottom edge is 1" above the bottom edge of the fabric.

Align one side edge, pin and sew together with a 1/2" seam. Repeat on the other side.

Turn Right Side Out

Turn Right Side Out
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Step 7: Turn the drape right side out. Your fabric will fold over to the lining side about 1 1/2". Carefully press the drape so that the fabric is even on both sides of the lining. Pin in places to keep the layers from slipping.

Top Side Hems

Side Hems
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Step 8: Lay the drape lining side up.

Step 9: Fold in the raw side edges of the fabric at the top of the drape and pin. Stitch in place with a straight stitch.

Measure for the Top Hem

Measure for the Top Hem
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Step 10: Tuck the raw edges of the fabric at the bottom corners of the bottom hem... and stitch the bottom corners in place.

Step 11: Lay the drape lining side up again.

Step 12: Measure from the bottom edge up the finished length and mark with a couple pins.

The Top Hem

The Top Hem
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Step 13: Fold the top edge down to the lining side so that the top edge is about 1" past the pins you just placed. Pin the top edge in place.

Step 14: Stitch the top edge to the drape along the pinned measurement in step 11.

Finishing

finished drape
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Step 15: Clip or sew the curtain rings to the drape along the stitched line.

Step 16: When you hang the drape, the fabric will fold over to the front. Arrange and fold the fabric as desired.